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*Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo. Clarion, 2014. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Recommended for: ages 0-8 In this 2015 Caldecott Honor, Castillo tells the gentle story of a grandmother who cleverly helps her young grandson brave his fears and discover all the fun things there are to do and experience in the city. […]

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*You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang

*You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang, illustrated by Christopher Weyant.  Two Lions (Amazon), 2014. 30 pages. Reading Level: Easy Readers, ages 4-8 Recommended For: ages 0-4 Bottom Line: Beginning readers will love this confrontation between two hairy creatures that proves size is relative. You are small, says one bear-like critter to another.  And from […]

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*I Haiku You by Betsy Snyder

I Haiku You by Betsy Snyder. Random House, 2012. 32 pages. Bottom Line: This Valentine’s Day themed picture book is a wonderful introduction to the traditional Japanese poetic form of haikus. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Maturity Level: 2 (ages 4-8) Children bestow affection so freely. They have the innocence and openness to observe […]

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Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood

Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Jonathan Bean. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2014. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-8 Maturity Level: 1 (ages 0-4) and up Moving, even across the street, is always a major transition. When a family moves to a new city (or state), the transition is […]

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*Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

This book is a “Best of the Best” pick from ourWinter Book Fair. CLICK HERE to see more gift ideas! Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton. HMH, 2014 (originally published 1939). 56 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, Ages 4-8 Maturity Level: 1, 2 (ages 0-4, 4-8) Beloved Mike Mulligan and his trusty steam […]

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Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton. HMH Books for Young Readers, 1943. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Maturity Level: 1, 2 (ages 0-4, ages 4-8) Only Virginia Lee Burton could craft as lovable a tractor-pushing-snowplow as Katy. Although she pushes a bulldozer in the summer, the focus of the […]

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Hello Ninja by N. D. Wilson

This book is a “Best of the Best” pick from ourWinter Book Fair. CLICK HERE to see more gift ideas! Hello Ninja by N. D. Wilson and illustrated by Forrest Dickison. Canonball Books, 2013. Reading Level: Picture Books, 0-4 Maturity Level: 1 (ages 0-4) The youngest ninja in the house will enjoy this bright, imaginative take on […]

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The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Kevin Cornell

This book is a “Best of the Best” pick from ourWinter Book Fair. CLICK HERE to see more gift ideas! The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Kevin Cornell. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014. 112 pages. Reading Level: Chapter Books (ages 4-10) Maturity Level: 2, 3 (ages 4-10) Meet the Chicken […]

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The Miniature World of Marvin and James by Elise Broach and illustrated by Kelly Murphy

The Miniature World of Marvin and James (Masterpiece Adventures, Book 1) by Elise Broach and illustrated by Kelly Murphy. Henry Holt and Co., 2014. 112 pages. Reading Level: Chapter Books (ages 4-8) Maturity Level: 2 (ages 4-8) Marvin, an artistic beetle, and James, a human boy, first appeared in Broach’s well-received middle grades novel Masterpiece […]

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*Waiting is Not Easy! by Mo Willems

This book is a “Best of the Best” pick from ourWinter Book Fair. CLICK HERE to see more gift ideas! *Waiting Is Not Easy! by Mo Willems. Hyperion, 2014. 64 pages. Reading Level: Easy/Leveled Readers (ages 4-8) Maturity Level: 1, 2 (ages 0-8) **Spoiler alert** Elephant & Piggie fans will just have to take our word for […]

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Fix This Mess! by Tedd Arnold

This book is a “Best of the Best” pick from ourWinter Book Fair. CLICK HERE to see more gift ideas! Fix This Mess! by Tedd Arnold. I LIKE TO READ series. Holiday House, 2014. 32 pages. Reading Level: Easy/Leveled Reader, ages 4-8 Maturity Level: 2 (ages 4-8) Belly laughs from kindergartners make reading sessions so much more […]

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